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Old 10-06-2018, 05:03 PM
BARGeezer BARGeezer is offline
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Originally Posted by Newbomb Turk
I wanted a quick and easy build, so I selected the recent Star Orbiter. Wasn't particularly quick as I took my time epoxying the body joint and fins as I anticipate stress during flight.

One question: Has anyone flown this one yet? Born without an engine block, the instructions tell us to wrap 6 or so 1/8 inch wraps of masking tape around the bottom of the engine to simulate a composite engine. I've never done this. Does it work? Worried about not having a thrust ring.

(Okay, that was two questions.)

Flew the Star Orbiter on a 24mm E with the Estes plastic adaptor. Nice straight flight, maybe 1200 ft. Used the masking tape flange on a few kits, works well. ASP sells both Tamiya 6mm (approx 1/4") tape and generic 1/4" tape. Difference is the Tamiya is 18 meters long but the generic is 60 YARDS. So more than three times longer, for less. Should last you for hundreds of flights, at $1.99. Cheers.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:02 PM
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Newbomb Turk Newbomb Turk is offline
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Thanks, BG, and everyone for sharing their knowledge.

Now, I don't believe I've formally introduced what I call my Quadraphonic Blaupunkt of Goblins.

1) A mini, culled from a Mini-Red Max. Hand cut fins, Semroc nose cone and Sandman decals.

2) Semroc Goblin, the kit.

3) Upscale with ST-20, custom nose cone and decals from Sandman. Hand cut fins.

4) Upscale from a Leviathon kit. Tube and internals from the kit. Staggeringly beautiful nose cone and decals from Sandman. Hand cut fins.

Oddly, I'd never had a Goblin as a kid but have really enjoyed them as a BAR. All of these have flown many times, and will continue to.
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